Aug 23, 2007 8:26am
Re: favorite live albums
Allman Bros Live at Fillmore East
Hot Tuna's first album
Airplane's Bless Its Pointed Little Head
Hendrix in the West
Henry Cow Concerts
On the jazz side:
The greatest ever jazz pianist, Art Tatum, was recorded one incredible night in 1955 at a private party.
Sonny Rollins' A Night at the Village Vanguard from 1957 is a classic, and in 1965 he played a date at the Museum of Modern Art that features a beautifully heartfelt rendition of There Will Never Be Another You.
And a recording has survived of the jazz trumpet player Clifford Brown on the night before he died in 1956, playing a lights-out Night in Tunisia.
On the classical side:
In 1940, the violin/piano duo of Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartok showed us how it's done in performances of Beethoven, Debussy, and Bartok, recorded at the Library of Congress.
Sviatoslav Richter was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1958, playin a heroic rendition of Mussorgsky's original piano version of Pictures at an Exhibition.